Well, this is an interesting idea... Veteran activist David Mixner writes that the Human Rights Campaign should hold a series of townhall meetings to get community input on the selection of a new Executive Director.
You would be hard put to find someone in the LGBT community that doens't have an opinion - positive or negative - about HRC. No matter what your personal views the fact remains it is a huge presence in our community and the work done there impacts the entire community. They have tremendous resources and great credibility in many different communities and political circles.
Who they select as their next president is not only important to the continued health and well-being of the organization but it impacts the entire LGBT community.
There is no question that they will proceed with a professional search for their new leader. They will hire an Executive Search firm, consult with their Board members and I am sure many others in their vast network. However wouldn't it be both really smart and also genuinely a right move if they held town meetings where anyone can come and express where they think the organization needs to go at this stage of history? They could pick out six locations that would be sure to be reflective of all segments of the community from rural areas to large cities.
So what do you think? Should it happen? Would it do any good? Or would the search committee ignore what the community has to say?
(Hat tip to Frontiers magazine)